Villar de Mazarife to Astorga. 32km
Dark it was when I set out at 7am. I was quickly out of the village and onto a dead straight 6km stretch of road. I took a picture of the view along the road:Sorry. Couldn’t resist! The moon is not as bright now and I could make out Cassiopeia, Orion, the Pleaides and the Great Bear. I was going to bring a planisphere along to learn a few more constellations- but never did.
The mountains to the north of me are called the Asturias. I could just see their outline to my right in the morning light. There is a well known classical guitar piece by Albéniz called Asturias. I listened to it as I paced along in the early morning light. It seemed most appropriate and fitting. You can listen to it here:
This is the remains of an adobe mud wall:
I found a little supermarket open even though it is a national holiday today. I bought some more dark chocolate with almonds and some fruit. The shopkeeper asked me where I was from and then spoke into his phone and got it to speak the English translation. He gave me a gift of a pear for the road and wished me well. I was impressed.
Astorga has a lovely feel to it. This was built as a bishops palace from plans by Antonio Gaudi. It is now a museum to the Camino It was shut because of the holiday. So was the tourist office. There were a couple of wonderful murals on the ends of buildings. I wish I knew the story behind these.
I wonder what tomorrow will bring….